People are mad about the White House’s CDC word ban, and they are thinking of creative ways to show it.
On Tuesday night, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) partnered with artist Robin Bell to project the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) “banned words” onto the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C.
The groups also made specific statements they call “a declaration from the LGBT community.” Some of the things projected were “We will not be erased”, “fetus”, “entitlement”, “diversity”, “transgender”, “vulnerable”, “evidence-based” and “science-based.”
The last seven of these were the terms the Trump administration banned the CDC from using in their upcoming 2019 budget report and supporting documentation.
.@HRC partnered with artist Robin Bell (@bellvisuals) to project every ‘banned word’ across the front of Trump’s DC Hotel. Our display concludes with a declaration from the #LGBTQ community: “we will not be erased.” pic.twitter.com/DZ4qhABQkz
— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) December 20, 2017
The CDC claims that there are “no banned words at CDC,” according to CDC director Brenda Fitzgerald. We aren’t sure what else you would call eliminating very specific terms from being used in official documentation.
According to The New York Times, the list of words was a suggestion and a technique to get Republicans to support the CDC’s budget.
Regardless of what term is used to describe the situation, the bottom line is that it seems Republicans don’t want anything to do with fetuses, entitlement, diversity, transgender individuals, vulnerable groups, or evidence-based data.